Tristen, Tristin, Triston, Trystan

The world's most isolated Settlement on the north coast of Tristan da Cunha has been the home for an extra-ordinary community since the early 19th Century. This recent photograph, taken from the Agulhas helicopter on the SA Agulhas' annual Southern Spring visit, shows almost the entire settlement, which houses all islanders, resident expatriate families and occasional visitors.

But first, read the general introduction to Tristan da Cunha's History.....

In Arthurian legend Tristan was a Knight of the Round Table and tragic hero of the medieval tale Tristram and Isolde.

There are 254 Tristan da Cunha Islanders.

Tristan originates in Old French language and means "filled with sadness". Tristan is a famous character from the Tristan and Isolde story. Tristan is supposed to pick Isolde in Ireland and bring her to Cornwall so she can marry King Mark. Instead, Tristan and Isolde fall in love which ends up in tragedy. The story has inspired many artists throughout history, including Richard Wagner and his opera Tristan and Isolde, as well as Kevin Reynolds and his 2006 film Tristan & Isolde.